Covid-19 – Delivery of DDS First Aid Training Courses

The provision of First Aid qualifications can continue to be delivered in line with Covid secure guidelines.

During this time many businesses are still operating and are required to meet the HSE requirements in respect of first aid and other training, to allow them to continue to operate safely. Where training is deemed essential then it can still go ahead.

HSE Guidance as at 8 January 2021:

“Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), First Aid at Work (FAW) certificates expiring after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

To qualify for the extension, employers must be able to demonstrate that:

  • they have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so. For example, they must show evidence that staff with expired certificates are booked on to EFAW or FAW requalification courses,  if requested by an inspector
  • they have adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities to give first aid to any employee who is injured or becomes ill at work
  • the level of first aid cover provided remains appropriate for their particular work environment
  • the level of first aid provision necessary in high risk settings is fully maintained, eg in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals.”

Paediatric First Aid qualification extensions ended on 25 November 2020. This means anyone required to hold a first aid qualification for early years foundation stage, childcare etc. must now have a current in date certificate to be valid.

The same rules apply to Outdoor First Aid qualifications, i.e. the certificate must be current to be valid to cover the activity.

Each course venue will be risk assessed and we will determine the maximum class size to observe safe and socially distanced first aid training. There are some changes in our courses and the training resources at present to maintain a trainer/delegate social distance and some equipment is not being used for the safety of all.

For the time being we are not delivering awareness training courses as these are not essential training to maintain certificated qualifications.

Together, we will get through this.